Nov 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
other states is being driven not by the white house or the justice department in washington. it's driven by the local u.s. attorneys. it's the local u.s. attorney here in melissa haig and others around the state who are hyper aggressive and they're not collaborating with city and county government who is are regulating medical encourage in marijuana in a responsible way. what obama is doing is he's showing a failure of leadership. 's not leading the aggressive attacks, but he's not pulling back on ways he could be doing on what they are doing. >> legalization versus decriminalization. i hear talks where it's one and the same. we don't say we're liberals but progressives. is there a major distinction? >> there is. basically legalization refers to more or less regulating marijuana like alcohol, which is what colorado and washington are proposing to do, and what this marijuana initiative did in california two years ago. that gets rid of the black market it brings in quality control and ultimately it's the right thing to do. decriminalization is a step in that direction. it's saying that it'
Nov 17, 2012 2:00am PST
waiting for washington, d.c. and lobbyists and policymakers moving in that direction so we can address that issue, that disconnect between the have's and have not's in quality food. >> it's on a number of different levels. the first is from the stand point we live in the united states. our politicians, enough people care about this, we bring that to the forefront. these are human issues. it doesn't matter if you're red state, blue state republican or democrat, if you have kids, you may feel this is the first generation where kids live a shorter life than their parents. i would jump in front of a train for my kids. you would, we would do it if it would help them. michelle obama has done a great job in bringing this to forefront. we need to change the agriculture bill and the food bill and change the incentives because those don't really take into account the real costs of eating unhealthy foods. the third thing is you know, one of the most ways of healing your own self is to do something for someone else. that's why i'm on the board of the san francisco food bank. they're doing an amazi
Nov 9, 2012 10:00pm PST
. >> gavin: what about gay marriage. there are some final counts in washington state but the three states--two states affirmative and the one that pulled back in minnesota some draconian legislation. what is your sense of that. you were in the thick of it, this was toxic even within our own party. >> look, you have been one of the singular leaders on this and demonstrated courage on this issue, so i imagine for someone like yourself this is great to see. >> i'm not going to deny that. >> as i said it's always to be at the right time of history and to be there early. >> sometimes it's the wrong time time. >> it's never the wrong time to be on the right side of history. it takes guts and courage. on a purely political level. here is another issue. as the population grows and new people come in the electorate, this is an issue where people have a positive view. gay marriage should be legalized. it's the first of 32 efforts maine had it beaten in the past. washington state again with the votes to be counted. >> gavin: maryland. >> tipping-point moments. the republicans, there was a great 40-
Nov 10, 2012 2:00am PST
be legalized. i think it's the first of 32 efforts, and maine had been beaten in the past. washington state again with the votes to be counted. >> maryland. >> again tipping point moments where you have some of these--you could argue republicans be--we had a great 40 year run by using some of these social issues to divide our country right? well, first look at those 40 years the democrats carried about half of the elections. what i do know it set the republican partying to the way of the republican party of california, which is the party of nothing, it's the party of nada and it's an inherent issue that they have a problem on. given the religious conservatives have a certain view on this, and yet it will be inherently problematic even rudy giuliani, who was on television last night. i don't get them. i don't get the republicans. we don't want the state to decides except when it comes to gay marriage but then the state should not decide. we don't want people in our bedroom but on issues like this. >> gavin: and rudy giuliani is one of the principle supporters of sanctuary status of immigrati